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Eyeline match in His Girl Friday

by Brian Davis

This is an example of an eyeline match, a principle of editing, in which shot A presents a subject looking at an object, and shot B shows the audience the object the subject was looking at in shot A. It's important to note that in an eyeline match neither shot A or shot B presents both subject and object in the frame. In this clip, Molly is in shot A, but not in shot B. The gallows Molly is looking at are in shot B, and not in shot A. An eyeline match should not be confused with a POV shot, a moment of subjective narration. Although you may have POV shots that are connected by eyeline matches (as this clips does), POV shots refer to narration, how the audience accesses the world of the film, and eyeline matches are specifically an editing technique.

Eyeline match in His Girl Friday

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This is an example of an eyeline match, a principle of editing, in which shot A present a subject looking at an object, and shot B shows the audience the object the subject was looking at in shot A.

from His Girl Friday (1940)
Creator: Howard Hawks
Posted by Brian Davis
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